The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes From Exceptional Home Cooks
by Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs
(published by Harper Collins/Morrow Cookbooks)
The cookbook is extremely user-friendly and contains a collection of recipes from Food52's website. If you have never checked it out, you should. Home cooks submit recipes which followers make and vote on each week. The 52 weeks of winners are included in this nicely illustrated cookbook. The recipes are accessible and family-friendly. My only complaint is with the formatting of the book. I find many of the recipes to be awkwardly printed between two pages. Even though each recipe intro offers fun insight, having to flip the page at weird points in the recipe kind of annoys me. (So does unnecessary white space). If a recipe must be printed on multiple pages, I prefer they be the facing pages. Place the photos at the beginning or end of the recipe so the text (recipe) flows without having to turn a page. Regardless, we all know we should read the recipe before preparing it, so this isn't a huge deal- just a personal preference. Food52 is otherwise a well-edited, heavily-illustrated cook book with recipes that are uncomplicated, yet creative and memorable.
The Smoky Fried Chickpeas tossed with paprika, garlic & lemon zest were a hit (even with the kids!!) at our Thanksgiving brunch, but they went away so fast, I didn't have a chance to take a picture. This photo is from Food 52's Website and this is a link to Food 52's slideshow by Sarah Shatz.
|Photo by: Sarah Shatz|